Father of 7 dies on way to deliver 8th child in Wausau, prayers and plea for funds for widow homeschooling mother of 8!

Our long-time friends from church, Mike and Niki Rogan, were driving to the hospital early this morning [4/17/2015] with their seven children, in anticipation of welcoming an eighth child into their beautiful family.

On the way, an oncoming car hit a deer which was thrown into the Rogans' vehicle. Mike did not survive the accident. Niki and the children are recovering, but will be okay. Niki gave birth to their son, Blaise, hours after the accident.

Niki is a stay-at-home mom and homeschools her children who range in age from newborn to 15 years.

We have learned that Mike only had minimal life insurance, and that the family will have medical bills. In addition, we would like to strive to cover funeral costs and to establish a short-term safety net for the family.

Please help us reach out and support this family in their time of profound loss. Prayers are also much appreciated. We will be transferring all money collected directly to Niki and her family.

Dominic and Cecilia Gruetzmacher
Wausau, WI
I found out that the Rogan family are members at St. Mary's Oratory in Wausau run by the Institute of Christ the King.

Update: Mike's funeral will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 25, at St. Mary's Oratory in Wausau, WI: http://www.institute-christ-king.org/wausau/

Update 2(4/20): 
Wausau Daily Herald news coverage:http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/news/local/2015/04/20/thousands-raised-for-stratford-crash-victim-michael-rogan-family/26070195/

Minneapolis Star Tribune news coverage:


  1. This is so sad. Just last week a young dad was stabbed fishing on the river by some kid who was drunk. This dad had a family of 4 or 5 I think and his wife a stay at home mom. (34-year-old Peter Kelly of St. Croix Falls, Wis.) What tragedies! Kelly's story here:


    1. Terry, I did see this, that family is Catholic as well, or at least the funeral was at a Catholic church. I started a post on this and was looking to see if someone had done a GoFundMe for that family as well. If you do hear of any efforts for the St. Croix Falls family, let me know.

    2. http://www.gofundme.com/s7y8rg4 is the gofundme for the family of 5 kids who was recently stabbed

  2. Thanks for posting this article, Matt! Just a small correction: The Rogans are members of St. Mary's Oratory in Wausau, WI.

  3. Thank you kindly for re-posting this fundraising campaign for our dear friends! Their son, Blaise, was baptized today at St. Mary's Oratory of the Institute of Christ the King in Wausau, WI.

  4. Prayers for his eternal rest and for his beloved family in this overwhelming sorrow.

  5. We are definitely praying for this family!

  6. http://www.gofundme.com/s7y8rg4 is the gofundme for the father of five recently stabbed

  7. GoFundMe keeps a percentage. It would be a good idea to set up a fund at a bank as well and distribute the information.


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